Mike Richards

Talent spotters select top 12 young stars

CALLIDE United Football Club took out the annual under-11 Terry West Football Carnival on Saturday at Palm Drive Football Fields.

The Callide team has been entering the carnival since it began in 2000 and has come second and third the last two years.

Rockhampton Bluebirds player Tiquiri Beckett won the prestigious Player of the Carnival award.

Terry West Carnival organiser Paul West said he was proud of the carnival and liked to make a few kids happy.

"We have 16 teams here today and around 220 players from Cap Coast, Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Gracemere, Biloela and Gladstone. "

"The carnival raises money for local juniors that make country, state and national development squads.

"This year we are helping Skye Alexandra go to Japan with the Queensland Under 15 School Girls team."

"We also have a team of selectors out there to pick 12 players awards for best performers and give those names to the CQ management talent spotting."

BITS Bullfrogs coach Adrian Zaini said the organisers had staged a great carnival.

"It's great for the kids to play against the non-local sides," he said.

"It definitely creates a bit of extra competition."

CQ Mariners coach Gordon MacDonald said his team was excited when the carnival was announced.

"At training all week they have been talking about it incessantly, they have all been buzzing," he said.

"They have been very keen to know when they play and what position they play."

The matches had the under-11s play 11-a-side for the first time in preparation for competitive matches next season in under-12s.

CQ Mariners striker Tana Martin said he had scored five goals from the first two matches.

"I prefer playing striker and that's where Gordon tells me to play," he said.

"It's good to play teams from outside of Gladstone to see how good they all are."

Football Central Queensland president Jeff McArthur said the carnival was an essential occasion for every club to cheer on the kids and be social.

"The shoot out competition is the best event in central Queensland for junior development and as a spectacle," he said.

"The reaction from the kids, the keepers are nervous as can be.

"I take my hat off to all of these volunteers; it's absolutely the biggest thing in central Queensland for under-11s."

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